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  • Ella-IPA-1.0 Blue Bee - Well, we’ve made it into 2015 and new beer keeps rolling out. Firstly, Ella IPA 5.0% is the next in our ever popular single hopped IPA series using the Australian hop Ella, with strong apricot, cedar and peach characteristics.
  • Toolmakers Brewery - Following a successful series of open days at the brewery in the run up to Christmas, another one is planned for Saturday 7th February. It is expected to then become a monthly event.
  • Fuggle Bunny Brew House - The brewery will be celebrating its first anniversary of brewing in March 2015, there is going to be a Limited Edition Birthday Ale to celebrate their success.
  • journey Intrepid Brewing Co - Having established their core range of three beers, a programme of interesting one off beers under the banner of 'Intrepid Journeys' has commenced
  • RSB8 Ceremony of Opposites Steel City Brewing - Steel City's first brew of the year is an away collaboration... Dave realised that he'd somehow managed to not do a single collaboration with Raw in 2014, so put this right with a visit to brew Ceremony of Opposites (name inspired by the Samael album, obviously...), an oxymoronic Black IPA with the tropical-flavoured Galaxy and Citra hops supplemented by mango and passion fruit.
  • White_Oak Acorn Brewery - Following another record breaking December the brewery is looking forward to a busy start to 2015.
  • Abbeydale Brewery - Well first of all we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We hope that you have all kept to your resolutions, and ours is to carry on brewing more beer for all of you lucky people!
  • radar_men_from_the_moon_PRINTSIZE Kelham Island Brewery - Two returning classics from the Kelham recipe book this month.
  • Sheffield Brewery Company - There are many good things in life – love, health and happiness. The Sheffield Brewery Company, a local independent brewery, claim to be able to help with at least two of those three!
  • Exit 33 Brewing - Although you may not recognise our name, we actually commenced brewing in Sheffield back in 2008.

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Festivals

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Mallard (Worksop)

Thu 29 Jan – Sun 1 Feb

16 real ales and 3 ciders downstairs in the Mallard pub located at Worksop railway station. Trains run from Sheffield hourly, journey time about 30 minutes.

Chesterfield CAMRA – Winding Wheel Beer Festival

Fri 6 – Sat 7 Feb

The annual festival at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield town centre over three rooms on two floors. The main beer and cider bars are in the hall on the ground floor, in the evening there is also live music here. Upstairs includes a bar featuring beers supplied by the Derbyshire Brewers Collective. Hot and Cold food is available in the venue. The festival is open two sessions each day, a lunchtime session from 11am to 4pm (entry £5.50) and an evening session from 6:30pm to 11pm (entry £6.50). Advance tickets advisable for evening sessions, pay on the door for lunchtime sessions.

The venue is close to both the bus stops and rail station. Regular fast trains run from Sheffield and Dronfield to Chesterfield, by bus Stagecoach services 43,44,50,50A and X17 go there from Sheffield.

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Feb

The home of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition where winter beer styles such as stouts, porters, barley wines and old ales are celebrated, however if pale and hoppy ales, brown malty bitters or easy drinking milds are more your thing, don’t worry – they are there too!  The festival features around 400 real ales plus a good selection of ciders and perrys along with a range of continental beers and live music. The venue this year is once again the Derby College Roundhouse, which many years ago was a railway engine shed, now a seat of learning! The Roundhouse is easy to get to, located right next to Derby railway station (use the Pride Park exit at the rear of the station). Trains run from Sheffield to Derby up to 4 times an hour, journey time about 35 minutes.

More information visit the festival website

Old Hall Inn/Paper Mill Inn (Whitehough nr Chinley)

Fri 20 – Sun 22 Feb

The annual winter beer & cider festival in this Peak District village, a 15 minute walk from Chinley railway station. Features around 100 beers and ciders, winter foods such as stews, open fires and music spread across two neighbouring atmospheric pubs.

Leeds CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 12 – Sat 14 Mar

Features nearly 200 different real ales from Yorkshire and beyond, this years festival theme is Rugby. There is also a range of cider, perry and world beers plus food. Venue is Pudsey Civic Hall, a short walk from New Pudsey railway station (Leeds-Bradford Interchange line).

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Awards

  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.
  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Shop News

  • Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night. Leading industry names and MPs attended the event organised by trade magazine Off Licence News to recognise the retailers both big and small making the biggest contribution to selling our national drink. The […]
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Other News

  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.

Pub News

  • New Barrack Tavern - The New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road has had the builders in to extend the pub and create a new function room which will have its own bar and toilets.
  • List Your Local Logo Final (1) Is your local pub an asset of Community Value (ACV) ? - The Sheffield Star (27th December) recently commented on the low number of Sheffield pubs which are officially an ‘Asset of Community Value.’
  • beerhousesign The Beer House - Sheffield’s first micropub, the Beer House, opened on 14th December. The pub sells local ales and drinks, offer games (including chess and backgammon) as well as ‘convivial conversation’ in a former E-cigarette shop near Hunters Bar roundabout.
  • A January 2015 005 Ranmoor Inn - Nigel and Vanessa Williams left the Ranmoor Inn, Fulwood Road after 14 years and the pub is now being run by Alex and Katharine Pierce.
  • Dove & Rainbow - The Dove and Rainbow, in Sheffield City Centre has launched a new games night on Mondays from 7pm, with 10% off all cask ales.
  • Punchbowl / Springvale - Tracey and Heather are moving on “to pastures new”. We are moving down the hill to the Springvale on Commonside.
  • P1020934 Wisewood Inn - Following a brief closure the Wisewood Inn reopened with a bang. Christy Beardshaw moved from the award winning pub The Blake, Walkley to the Wisewood Inn, Loxley Road.
  • Good Beer Guide 2016 - We are now starting the process to choose which pubs in our area will go in the next edition of the national Good Beer Guide.

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Inn Brief

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    The Harlequin on Nursery Street will be hosting a gin tasting event in February and with over 35 different varieties always on sale the event is sure to be gintastic!  For details please phone the pub on 0114 275 8195 or check http://theharlequinpub.wordpress.com. Also don’t forget that for you real cider lovers there’s always at least 12 ciders stocked all year round.

    The Miners Arms on Warren Lane, Chapeltown, has recently been bought by a consortium of local residents and is now a free house. Caroline and Julian who had a long association with the pub have returned as landlords.

    Currently there are 2 real ales on hand pull and food should reappear by the end of February.

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    Reet Ale Pubs will be celebrating 2 years of running the Closed Shop on Commonside on the 11th of February with bit of a party.  Expect a build a butty buffet, cake, a Christie’s quiz special, Blue Bee special beer and much fun and games, alongside the usual selection of great ales and atmosphere. Bus 95 stops close to the pub on a regular basis!

    A couple of new quiz nights recently started in our area – Tuesday nights at the Dronfield Arms and Wednesday night at the Beer House on Ecclesall Road.

    Legends Sports Bar at Hillsborough has had a bit of a makeover and an improved beer range introduced along with a change of name – it is now the Hillsborough Tap & Kitchen.

    Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn recently visited the New Inn on Hemsworth Road following a £110,000 refurbishment scheme overseen by licensees Clive and Andrea Fletcher and owners Punch Taverns. The work saw major changes take place both inside and outside, including a new seating plan, a new bar and a new beer garden.

    The Friendship on Manchester Road in Stocksbridge reopened on 19th.December with ‘real ales at reasonable prices,’ ‘log burning fire’ and an aim to ‘return the pub to its Edwardian glory.’ Currently available are two Bradfield beers at £2.20/pint. Buses 57 and SL stop nearby.

    The Albion on London Road, which for a time recently was known as the Bell Jar, has reopened as a simple, traditional free house pub with a range of cask beers, mostly so far from Abbeydale Brewery.

    Anchorage, the smart American inspired bar and restaurant on West One Plaza, have expanded their range of craft beers to include a couple of quality cask beers, one of which is usually sourced locally from Skys Edge Brewery.

    There are some new tenants running the Castle Inn in Bolsterstone –  Tracy and John Raynor have moved there from the King and Miller at Deepcar.

    Meanwhile at another Castle Inn that closed and reopened – the one at Bradway – Craig and Marie continue to run a great local pub on behalf of Tandem Leisure on a use it or lose it basis. Three real ales are always available, all sourced from Yorkshire and the East Midlands and food is available at meal times too (generally 12-2pm and 5-8pm but not on Mondays).

    The Anglers Rest in Bamford is holding a beer festival on Sunday 22nd February featuring a range of 10 beers, half of which will be from the local Intrepid Brewing Co.

    The Sheffield Tap celebrated the 2nd birthday of the Tapped Brewing Company with a week of special events in the bar at the end of January.

    The Rawson Spring in Hillsborough has been named by the Sheffield Star newspaper as their ‘best bar of the year’. The Rawson Spring is a Wetherspoons pub with their usual offering of reasonable priced real ales and all day food menu, it has also recently benefited from an upgraded outdoor drinking area. The building is a former swimming baths, located at the tram stop.


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